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How common are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety and depression are real illnesses. If you or a loved one suffers with either of these potentially debilitating conditions, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental disorders present in the general population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that 38 million Americans suffer with anxiety and depressive disorders each year, and 75 million will be afflicted with them at some point in their lives.

Finally, The World Health Organization projects that major depression will be the leading cause of disease burden by the year 2030.
 

Nearly 18 percent of people in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder in any given year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders in the nation.

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Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine Specialist

Over 20 million Americans are afflicted by anxiety disorders, ranging from panic attacks to general anxiety and phobias. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers believe that less than 25 percent of adults with anxiety disorders receive treatment.

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